What a nice surprise this morning to check the latest Stampin Up! updates and find out they have a new stamp set for us! This one is called Snuggles and Smooches! It’s a photopolymer stamp set that CAN be used for Valentine’s Day but really can be used any time. The swirls match the trend of winding up some linen thread or twine as a design element on a card that you have probably seen. You can read more about the creation and use of this stamp set by the concept artist on the Stampin’ Up! Blog here. If you would like to order it, you can find it HERE in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
And the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals are here! Click this link or the photo below!
Don’t forget to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeouts! You can add any and all of these items in this post to your order. Ask a friend if they would like to order anything, such as ribbon or scissors, and maybe you can reach the level for Hostess Benefits!
This Banner Blast Valentine card is made with a stamp set and punch you can get FREE during the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion! And even though it has a heart and the word “love” on it doesn’t mean it is only for Valentine’s Day. You could make a little banner like this on a card for many occasions – birthday, anniversary, think of you, wedding, and more. Banners are really popular right now so why not use them on your cards and scrapbook pages?! This card also uses the Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the Occasions Catalog for the background. You could change the greeting to any sentiment you wanted. The banner pieces are all stamped with the Banner Blast Stamp Set and then punched out with the Banner Punch, both available in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. They are then just adhered to the card in line with the Baker’s Twine with Stampin’ Dimensionals. You could also just use the Banner Punch to punch out any designer paper rather than stamping. So versatile and so easy!
Sale-A-Bration is the biggest promotion during the Stampin’ Up! year so don’t miss it! With every $50 purchase you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! You can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products to qualify. The Bundles shown in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure are there as suggestions if people need ideas for $50 worth of product, but you are not limited to those choices. Sale-A-Bration runs until March 31.
Are you ready to have a Banner Blast in your card-making and scrapbooking? Use Sale-A-Bration to get a free stamp set and/or Banner Punch! Purchase anything you need from Stampin’ Up! in my Online Store HERE.
One of the cards I worked on this week is this Triple Hearts Easel Valentine Card. It’s not that hard to make but looks quite fancy and elegant! It’s best to work with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies to cut out the hearts. For the base of the card,cut out three sizes of hearts. The card stock should be folded in half and then the fold placed just inside the top of the framelit so the fold will remain when the rest of the heart is cut out by the die. The bottom of the folded heart will be the base and the top heart will be folded about in half. It remains open and the folded down part will hold another single heart. Adhere the three base hearts together spacing them the correct distance apart to fit in an envelope or just to be able to stand up the way you want them.
Once you have the base assembled, cut out the same size hearts ago, but just singles. Decorate the hearts how you like and adhere to the base hearts. The whole thing can be folded down flat for mailing.
Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day making, sending, and/or receiving valentines!
If you need some Hearts Framelits for your projects, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Here’s the valentine I just made for my husband! I guess you can say I work best under pressure! At the last minute! I got the idea to use the little wooden people that came in a Paper Pumpkin Kit. What a cute little 3D embellishment especially for a man’s card! The ampersand and sideways banner is from Perfect Pennants. The Real Red heart is die-cut with one of the Hearts Framelits. That background paper is from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The “love” die-cut is from the Expressions Thinlits that were in the Holiday Catalog and sadly NOT carried over! What WERE they thinking??! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they reappear in the next Annual Catalog!
I hope you are having a great Valentine’s Day! The bouquet of flowers has arrived, right? And your husband will be bringing home the box of chocolates and diamond necklace later, right? Well, if not, then you get a free evening of stamping! Treat yourself!! One year I bought myself that purple bottle of Elizabeth Taylor perfume, whatever it was called, and had it gift-wrapped at the cosmetic counter…for myself for Valentine’s Day! Why not?!
Hope this card will inspire you if you need an idea for a husband Valentine!
Here are some Valentine ideas from the past! Perhaps if you don’t have the newest Stampin’ Up! products, you will find something here that you already have and can use today if you are a last-minute Valentine stamper and creator!
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And for more Valentine ideas just click HERE.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you need to make a little Valentine gift box or Valentine treat box, here is an easy one to do You can vary the size if you want according to the size of paper you have. You just have to do a little math! If you want this box a little wider you would need to start with 12×12 paper. You could use designer paper if you don’t mind it a little less sturdy.
I cut my Real Red card stock 11 x 4 3/4. It is scored at 2 5/8″, 5 1/4″, 7 7/8″, and 10 1/2″. Turn the paper then and score at 1 3/4″. On the short side, cut the flaps up to the score line and trim off the 1/2″ tab on the end. See photo below.
Fold on all the score lines and use your Bone Folder to get good creases. Figure out how you will fold the bottom flaps and where you will put the adhesive. You can use Sticky Strip or the Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive. I put my Sticky Strip on the first bottom flap (side opposite the narrow tab) and the third one.
And to decorate the box, I used layers of the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″. Can you see what I did wrong with mine?! I glued them on upside down! Sheesh! But I bet if I gave this box to someone, they wouldn’t even notice! So I just left it as is rather than risk tearing the paper to get it off! To decorate the front I just used various punched and die cut hearts and a banner I had already stamped but didn’t use the other day, with the greeting from Loving Thoughts. The ribbon handle is the 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon in the Annual Catalog.
Like this Valentine Treat Box? If you need any of these supplies for future projects (remember hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day!) feel free to visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all the current Stampin’ Up! products. And when you spend $50 or more, you get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product until March 31.
You might be getting ready to make Valentine Treat Bags of some sort for Valentine’s Day perhaps for your child’s classroom or their teachers or your friends, neighbors, co-workers or maybe your family! Maybe this tag will inspire you. Put the treat in a Cello Bag and make a tag from your scraps! You know you’ve got ‘em! I punched the tag with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and then used scraps to decorate it. Now the tag is pretty narrow, only 2″ wide, as is, but for my small bag I wanted it even smaller. You can trim your strip of paper narrower than 2″ and just be sure to center it when you put it in the punch so it will be even on both sides. But since I had already punched it at 2″, I just trimmed off both sides, trying to make the top scalloped edge look symmetrical. And it doesn’t have to be perfect! Then I rounded off the bottom edges of the tag to match the scallops at the top. It really gives the tag a nicer look. The layer on top of the Real Red tag is from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The “XOXO” is from the Oh, Goodie! Stamp Set, a carryover from the Holiday 2013 Catalog. That means you can still order it! And then I grabbed some die-cut hearts from the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the Hearts A Flutter Framelits and even the Small Heart Punch. Use whatever you have! Or even just cut some hearts by hand! They can be whimsical odd-shaped hearts! Tie on your tag with a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.
Here’s a tip for cutting a narrow banner. If the strip is narrow enough, stick the end in the new Banner Punch, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration! You only want it to cut the one end, that”s why you don’t slide the strip in the regular way. This will punch just the end and that will make you little “flags” at the ends.
Have fun making your Valentine Treat Bags and don’t forget to check your pile of scraps!
It’s just four days until Valentine’s Day! Are you making some valentines? Better get started! Here’s one I had cut the pieces for and had partly ready the other day, but when I went to make it, I forget what my idea was! But I got out the Language of Love Stamp Set and went to work. Just stamping the heart with the words onto the Very Vanilla card stock didn’t look that great on this card so I stamped it again, punched out with the Full Heart Punch. Then I mounted that heart on a die-cut scalloped heart cut with the Hearts A Flutter Framelits Die. I really liked that. I also stamped the two banners in the Language of Love Stamp Set, cut them out, and adhered them to the top of the card. For the greeting, I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp, placed perfectly with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!
I used a Cherry Cobbler theme here, although I think I prefer Real Red. The embossed strip is made with the hearts folder in the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders with a Silver Glimmer Paper edge peeking out made with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. The Silver 1/8″ Ribbon was in the Holiday Catalog but also in the new Occasions Catalog.
- Don’t forget! Sale-A-Bration is going on through March 31! Spend $50 on any current Stampin’ Up! merchandise and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration Brochure!
- Today is the last day to sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription and receive a FREE set of 2012-14 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes in your mailbox! No risk and no obligation!
- Today is the last day to order the current Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to check them out!
Make a Valentine for someone today!
Do you ever just reach into a bag of card stock scraps and see what you come up with? That’s how this Valentine came to be! I spotted a Melon Mambo card base in my bag and thought, “Wow, I haven’t used Melon Mambo in a while!” The tag is also made from Melon Mambo and punched with the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Cut your strip of paper exactly 2″ or a sliver narrower to fit into the punch. Make sure it is pushed all the way to the back. Then make the length anything you want! I found a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper already scalloped so I added a piece to the bottom of the tag. The greeting is from the stamp set Tags 4 You, a carryover stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that you can still order. The greetings in that stamp set fit the Bracket Label Punch perfectly. I thought the tag needed something so I stamped it with Melon Mambo ink and the row of hearts from the Language of Love stamp set.
The Whisper White card layer is first embossed with the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, the little hearts! So sweet! Again, I thought the card needed a little something so I stamped the row of hearts above the embossing. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig comes in handy for that although you can carefully eyeball it! And of course the little hearts are punched with the Small Heart Punch.
Back to the tag! I tied a bow with the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, available in the Occasions Catalog after making its debut in the Holiday Catalog. And then for a bit more, I picked up a Tea Lace Paper Doilie on the table. It was too large, but I cut off a section and then folded it back and forth and adhered to the top of the tag. Then the tag was ready to go!
I hope you are getting inspired to make a few handmade Valentines for your friends and family! Only nine more days until Valentine’s Day!
Shop for any Valentine supplies at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Stampin’ Up! has just brought back the Gift Bow Bigz L Die that was in the Holiday Catalog! Great idea because we can use it year-round for all kinds of gifts and projects! It has been added to the Holiday Catalog Carryover List HERE. You can purchase it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977 Price $32.95
Do you need an easy Valentine to make? Use the Hearts Collection Framelits to cut out the pretty Fresh Prints Paper Stack papers into hearts. Glue them on a card, stamp with some arrows from the Geometrical Stamp Set and stamp a little banner with one of the greetings in the set. The banner is popped up with a couple Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Now this is the simple version of this card. You could “jazz it up” a bit more maybe with some bling: some Rhinestones or Candy Dots, maybe some extra punched small hearts scattered around. Card-making is easy when you start with Stampin’ Up! coordinating designer papers and card stock!
It’s Sale-A-Bration, so with every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase in current products (you are NOT limited to the bundles in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! Those are suggestions!) you earn a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.
Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end tonight!
Go visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for any products you need for Valentine’s Day! Take advantage of Sale-A-Bration as well!
Valentine’s Day is going to sneak up on us in just two weeks! Since I almost forgot I owned the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, I thought it was time to play with the papers! The coordinating colors with the stack are Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Real Red, and Whisper White. I cut out a bunch of hearts with the Hearts Framelits and then just played around with them! This is the card I came up with, very simple and easy. I had it made in minutes! And then for a greeting, I decided to try the Geometrical Stamp Set. I really loved it after I stamped it. You can purchase the Geometrical Stamp Set and Triangle Punch in a Bundle and save 15%.
Make a couple Valentines this weekend and you’ll have a head start!
Also, don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Valentine products are still available while supplies last!
Late afternoon update from Stampin’ Up!
While supplies last, these Valentine products are still available until February 14th! Great idea, Stampin’ Up!
Today is the last day to purchase the cute Stampin’ Up! Valentine products. These Sweetheart Treat Bags are so handy to have on hand for occasions other than Valentine’s Day. Just stick a little treat inside or a note or gift card, do a little decorating on the outside and you’ve got something cute and simple! It’s a kit, with the Baker’s Twine, 12 little sacks, and 12 die-cut labels (the striped banner). I added the Whisper White piece stamped with a saying from the Love You More stamp set.
After putting the treat inside, I just folded the top of the sack to the back, attached my little banner piece and tied the pre-cut Baker’s Twine around a few times and tied with a bow! Couldn’t be easier!
Get your Valentine products, including the cute Monster Hugs, at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today before time runs out!
Hurry! Don’t miss these Stampin’ Up! Valentine products that are ONLY available until January 27th or while supplies last. The Follow My Heart stamp set in clear-mount is already sold out, but the wood-mount is still available. And don’t miss those cute Monster Hugs valentines! They are available in pink or blue, 18 to a kit! Really cute! And the Sweetheart Treat Bags are cute any time, not just for valentines! Use them as an envelope to slip in a note or gift card or use some other creative idea.
Valentine products end tomorrow, Monday January 27! Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today!
And Sale-A-Bration begins Tuesday, January 28!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and who doesn’t like handmade Valentines?! I think Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays, especially for children, because everyone is included. Remember the boxes we used to decorate for Valentine’s Day and how we often made our own valentines to hand out with red construction paper and doilies and maybe some glitter?
Here are some easy and cute Valentines you and/or your children can make! Just order from me through my Stampin’ Up! Online Store by January 27th, if not sooner! Monsters are so popular right now and these are adorable ones. It’s a kit! Get 18 monsters, 18 googly eyes and 18 adhesive hearts. Make them as you see with a small piece of candy tucked under the monster’s hands or a lollipop or even stick the monster on a card front.
Here is another idea I saw someone from Stampin’ Up! make on stage with the Monster Hugs Valentines. She made a box and attached it to the front of the monster, wrapped his arms around the sides and filled with candy.
If you would like to purchase cute Monster Hugs Valentines, you can find them in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store along with some other Valentine products! They do have to be ordered by January 27 so don’t hesitate! As we get closer to Valentine’s Day and the deadline for ordering, these Monster Hugs could go quickly. You will also find other Valentine ideas and stamp sets in the new Occasions Catalog.
Go to my Online Store now and order your Monster Hugs Valentines! Or if you prefer, just contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and I can help you with your order.
At Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014 last week, I was able to see the Spiral Flower Originals Die in person and see the flowers made with it. Now I want to order it! They were showing the die and a ton of flowers made with it for demonstrators to see up close and personal. The Stampin’ Up! employee I was talking with said each flower will turn out different according to who made it and how tightly or loosely you roll it up. It is suggested you use your Bone Folder after cutting out the flower to loosen up the paper fibers to make it roll easier. The die, like other dies of this kind, are not just for paper either! You can use other materials, such as fabric, so think of the possibilities! Just roll it with your fingers or around a pencil or skewer, however you want to do it. You can leave the center as it comes out or push it down and put a button inside or rhinestone or something.
After Leadership there was a public event and some Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators were ‘demonstrating’ at booths. One was doing these paper flowers so here are some photos and ideas:
To add the Spiral Flower Die #129379 to your next order, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! You could have a table full of flowers in no time for spring!
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Here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! These are great specials you might want to take advantage of! Be sure to include them in your order with other current merchandise!
And here are the new digital downloads for My Digital Studio!
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The Mailbox Love Notes is a Digital Class that includes a video tutorial showcasing two digital projects and beginner MDS techniques. Does anyone remember the tin mailboxes carried at Target years ago in the dollar bin? Oh my gosh, we demos went CRAZY for those! I remember driving to a couple of store locations in order to find a quantity of those mailboxes! We covered them with Designer Paper and decorated them and made cards to go inside! They were so cute! Now you can print out a mailbox pattern and make a paper one with this digital class!
Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to purchase any of these products or more! Don’t forget the special Valentine products available only until January 27, 2014. Be sure to notice there is also a second page! Go visit my Online Store now!
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Stampin’ Up! has just released TWO new photopolymer stamp sets. They are named Countless Sayings 1 & 2. Lots of words to use for all kinds of projects, cards, scrapbook pages and more! Both these sets will be great for Valentines Day projects as well as many other occasions. These photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last, and two sets have sold out already, so they aren’t kidding! Click on the stamps image above to see the flyer. Click HERE to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to shop for these sets and other photopolymer stamp sets. Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and also the Clearance Rack that had new items added to it the other day.
The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale has been ongoing since November 20 and now will come to an end on Monday, December 2, 2013. Don’t miss it! But be sure to check back tomorrow, Cyber Monday, when Stampin’ Up! will have these products on a special Cyber Monday Sale!!
Here are the links to my Online Store where you can see the products. Keep in mind the sale price will not show today (Sunday, December 1st). Don’t try to order or even put on your list until tomorrow!
You can also add to your order (you won’t believe this!) Valentines!! Well, you know it will pop up soon right after Christmas! This way you will be ready with your supplies!
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You can purchase these products beginning today, December 1st, at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. On that page, click on the product and then you can read more about the details and also click the magnifying glass to enlarge.
And one more thing! The last “Best of 25 Years” stamp set is released today. This stamp set is called “Best of Sale-A-Bration”. All of these stamp sets are available until March 31, 2013. You can see all of the stamp sets HERE.
PS: Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack every time before you order! New things may have been added!
Absolutely tomorrow, Monday December 2 Cyber Monday, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check out the Cyber Monday specials and all the other items on the Holiday Sale, plus the items I mentioned in my post above! Whew! Happy Shopping!
In case you are scrambling for a few last minute Valentine candy treat ideas, here are a few for you!
Happy Valentine's Day!
This is super easy! Just fill a cello bag with Valentine candy and make a topper for it! I used the Top Note Die (so versatile), folded it in half, and decorated it with punched hearts. You could add a Valentine greeting, too, if you wanted. You can staple the bag inside or use SNAIL adhesive.
The Scallop Envelope Die makes it easy to make a little treat holder. A Ghirardelli chocolate fits just right inside! Wrap a ribbon around the bottom to hold it closed and add a Valentine greeting! This greeting is from Got Treats. If you don't have the Scallop Envelope die you could fold up your own little envelope with paper.
One of the first cute things I ever learned to make when I first heard of Stampin' Up! was a matchbook! We put post-it notes inside then, but candy works well, too! Mine measures 2 1/2" x 7" and is scored at 3", 3 1/4", and 6 1/4" to fold around a Ghirardelli chocolate. It you have some other candy, you might want to make it larger. The stamp on the Whisper White is from Easy Events, a very versatile stamp set for lots of occasions.
I stapled the edge of the candy to the bottom flap or you could use a mini glue dot. The ribbon will hold the front flap closed. Or the flap can go on the outside. However you want!
Matchbook from the side. You can see how the scoring makes a little space to hold the candy.
Have a fun Valentine's Day doing something YOU love!
Valentine's Day is only one day away! Did you make a Valentine for someone special? This one came to mind when I saw something similar online with non-Stampin' Up! materials. I decided to add texture to the Cherry Cobbler base of the card with the very popular Honeycomb Textured Impression Embossing Folder #1293778. (I never remember it is called "Honeycomb"….I think most of us think of it as the 'hexagon' embossing folder!) I used the Labels Collections Framelits Dies #125598 to die-cut the First Edition Specialty Paper #121878. I stamped on it with Cherry Cobbler ink and sponged the edges a bit with Soft Suede to give it a little aged look. Couldn't you also see this as a wedding card?
Originally I stamped the "Love" image directly on the First Edition paper as I did the flower from the stamp set You Are Loved, but the design just didn't do enough for me. So I relented and stamped it on Very Vanilla and cut out with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. I stamped it again and punched out the word "Love" with the Large Oval Punch #119855.
Since I already had the Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885 out on the table, I couldn't resist using it! Once you see that glimmer paper in person, you just can't resist it! The Champagne paper is still available to order even though it is not in the Spring Catalog. I originally tried it as a large Label die-cut behind the First Edition paper but changed my mind. But once I was using the Decorative Label Punch, it was easy to layer it behind that! There is a trick to doing that….just punch out two and cut each in half, one vertically and one horizontally, then layer behind the punch on all four sides. You'll see how they fit. And for a final touch, I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine around the front of the valentine.
We often don't get a peek at the inside of the card, but since this You Are Loved stamp set had a nice saying in the set, I used that as well as stamped the flower on the inside layer.
Now that's another Valentine card ready to go on February 14th! If you make a Stampin' Up! valentine, send me a picture and I'll put it on my blog!